Hey, I'm new on the forum, but I've been reading this thread and thought it's be nice to join in.
So, onto Duel... I'm really hoping they'll keep The Grand Hall and Screaming Heads scene intact. They're my favourites!
In years of the scenes above being removed, we haven't seen any props yet, and the Giant Spider prop and The scenery in the Garden is huge, so I'm sure we would've seen at least some evidenceof the props being removed!! Maybe they're just replacing the scenery but keeping most of the props in, that's a thought, or Maybe they're only replacing a certain few scares in these scenes and replacing them with new ones, a mix of old and new perhaps.
I never experienced the original Haunted House, but from POVs it's easily a favourite of mine! Hopefully this refurb could revive a few of those scenes back to their original 1992 days.
Heres anything interesting fact. On Towers Street forum, John Wardley himself replied on there once, and said the following:
"All you guys who said the original Haunted House was looking tired and dated when it closed (and replaced by Duel), you were absolutely right! And I’ll tell you for why ….
When I designed the ride with Keith Sparks, we designed 5 extra effects that would be added in each successive season to keep the ride fresh, and the surprises coming. After the first season, the ride was considered a success and Tussauds decided there was no point in spending any money for the second season on a new effect. The same was true for the third season, and so on. These effects were never added, and the ride was never changed over the years. So after 20 years it really did look dated."
So maybe with his potential involvement, we could see these 5 unused ideas finally coming to fruition! I just hope they keep the Original 1992 style Sparks Added instead of being overly realistic looking.